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  • 1. Literary Genres Genre Study Project

2. Your Project

  • Read at leastthreebooks from a genre of your choosing
  • Incorporate research about that genre
  • Write a script for a podcast
  • Create a Genre Study Podcast

3. Definition of Genre:

  • a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content( www.merriam-webster.com )

4. Different from FORM

  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Textbook
  • Short Story
  • Novel
  • Graphic novel / comics
  • these are literary forms

5. Manydifferent Genres & Sub-genres

  • Some Books May Fit InMoreThan One Category:
  • Artemis Fowl= Adventure & Fantasy
  • Twilight= Romance & Fantasy (Vampires)
  • The Lightning Thief= Fantasy & Action/Adventure

6. Fantasy

  • Def:contains elements that are not realistic:
    • strange settings
    • talking animals
    • magical powers
    • often set in a medieval universe
    • magical/mythical characters (dragons, etc.)
  • Famous examples (movies & books):
      • Harry Potter series
      • The Lord of the Rings series
      • Wizard of Oz
      • Peter Pan
  • Vampire Fiction:
    • Twilightseries
    • Cirque du Freakseries

7. Science Fiction

  • stories that often tell about science and technology of the future
  • involving partially true fictions laws or theories of science
  • Settings:
    • in the future
    • in space
    • on a different world
    • in a different universe or dimension
  • Famous movies:
    • Star Wars
    • Star Trek
    • The Matrix
    • Jurassic Park
  • Famous Books:
    • Brave New Worldby Alduous Huxley
    • 1984by George Orwell
    • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

8. Action / Adventure

  • Def.: has adventure, an exciting events involving risk & physical danger
  • Often overlaps with other genres (war, crime, sci-fi, fantasy)
  • Movie examples:
    • James Bond movies
  • Book examples:
    • Gary Paulsens books
    • Alex Rider series

9. Historical Fiction

  • Def.:
    • Setting = a historical period
    • often portrays fictional accounts or dramatization of historical figures or events
    • attempt to capture spirit, manners, and social conditions of a persons or time(s)
    • stories centered around historical situation -- names of people and places have been changed
  • Movie Eg.:
    • Forest Gump
    • Flags of Our Fathers
    • Titanic
  • Sub-genres:
    • War Fiction
    • Holocaust Fiction

10. Mystery / Suspense / Thriller / Crime

  • Mystery:
    • solving a puzzling event, situation or a crime
    • something unknown or strange
    • centered around a person who investigates wrong-doing or trying to get secret information
  • Thriller:
    • fast pacing, frequent action
    • resourceful heroes who must overcomevillains

11. Horror / Ghost Stories

  • Horror:
    • intended to scare, unsettle and horrify
    • sometimes has supernatural / paranormal elements (Ghost Stories)
  • Movie example:
    • The Exorcist
    • Nightmare on Elm Street
    • Paranormal State

12. Realistic Fiction

  • real life with characters dealing with real life problems
  • stories that take place in modern times
  • characters are involved in events that could happen

13. Lots of sub-genres of Realistic Fiction:

    • Chick Lit
    • Humorous Fiction
    • Sports
    • Friendship
    • Romance/relationships

14. Chick Lit

  • Definition :genre fictionwithinwomen's fictionwritten for andmarketedto youngwomen(doesnt mean guys cant read it just usually dont)
    • generally deals with the issues of modern women humorously and lightheartedly
  • Movie Examples: chick flicks
    • Bridget Joness Diary
  • Examples:
    • Princess Diariesseries
    • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsseries
    • Judy Blumes books
    • Sarah Dessens books

15. Humorous Fiction

  • Designed to make you laugh, provide amusement, entertain.
  • May exaggerate or poke fun of a situation/person/thing
  • Movie Examples:
    • Elf
  • Book Examples:
    • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

16. Sports Fiction

  • Definition: have sports setting, competitive event, &/or athlete as central focus
  • Movie Examples:
    • Field of Dreams
    • A League of Their Own
    • The Sandlot
  • Book Examples:
    • Brians Song

17. Romance

  • Focus is on romantic relationship
  • Usually has optimistic ending
  • Famous Books:
    • Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen
    • Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • Movie Examples:
    • Love, Actually(with Hugh Grant)
    • My Big Fat Greek Wedding

18. The Problem Novel

  • Definition: focuses on a young adult dealing with a social or personal problem (drug addiction, alcoholism, eating disorder, disease, pregnancy, abuse, etc.). Usually the main character learns a lesson or grows/changes because of this.
  • Famous Book Examples:
    • Go Ask Alice

19. Todays Activity

  • List title & identify books by genre(s)
  • List 2 pieces ofevidenceor reasons why you categorized it in this genre
    • Look at the front/back cover images/art
    • Read inside flap / back cover description
    • Read first few pages
  • Sort books by genre on big tables
  • Genres:
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Action/Adventure
  • Horror/Ghost stories
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Chick Lit,
  • Romance
  • Problem Novel
  • Sports Fiction
  • Humorous Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller/Crime Novels
  • Historical Fiction